A renewed call for conservation leadership 10 years further in the feral cat Trap‐Neuter‐Return debate and new opportunities for constructive dialogue

@article{Debrot2022ARC,
  title={A renewed call for conservation leadership 10 years further in the feral cat Trap‐Neuter‐Return debate and new opportunities for constructive dialogue},
  author={Adolphe O. Debrot and Martin N. M. Ruijter and Wempy Endarwin and Pim van Hooft and Kai Wulf and Adrian J. Delnevo},
  journal={Conservation Science and Practice},
  year={2022},
  volume={4}
}
It has been 10 years since a seminal paper in the journal Conservation Biology called for stronger leadership from the conservation community in countering the growing inappropriate use of Trap‐Neuter‐Return (TNR) as a method to control feral cat, Felis catus, populations. The practice is rapidly spreading to areas of wildlife and conservation significance, and the need to counter this development is extremely urgent. So far, the promulgation of TNR has been based on a narrow, single‐species… 

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